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Be Magnanimous In Victory, Obasanjo Tells Fayemi



Former President Olusegun Obasanjo yesterday admonished the Ekiti State governor-elect, Dr Kayode Fayemi, to be magnanimous while savouring his reelection victory.

Obasanjo also urged the governor elect to stretch his hands of fellowship to other politicians who contested but lost the governorship election of the state to him.

Copies of the congratulatory message personally signed by the former president himself while on transit to Beijing, China were made available to Journalists in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital by his media aide, Kehinde Akinyemi.

He emphasised that such gesture would not only be charitable, but also go a long way at cooling passions in the wider interest of the Ekiti people “particularly at the moment like this”.

The former president further noted that Fayemi’s success at the polls “after a hard fought campaign” was a proof that the people of Ekiti State valued his leadership and appreciated the efforts he had made thus far on their behalf.

“The outcome of the election broadly reflect the choice of your people who have by their conducts, visibly demonstrated that they cherish you and will do their utmost to make you succeed. I salute you and all those who worked for your reelection.”

Obasanjo also urged Fayemi to reciprocate the Ekiti electorates’ trust in him by doing everything he could to strengthen their faith in democracy “and in its ability to bring about improved material conditions and better service delivery to them.

“You have fought and won the election and deserve to savour the victory.  As you rejoice however, I would urge that you should be magnanimous in victory and stretch a hand of fellowship to the other candidates who failed in their bids for elected office. Such gesture is not only charitable but should also help at this time to cool the passion in the wider interest of Ekiti State in particular and Nigeria at large.

“I felicitate with you once again, on your renewed mandate and as you prepare for another four years at the helm of affairs of EEkiti State, I extend best wishes for your good health and the continued progress of Ekiti State under your able leadership.”